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Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

(Translation: “Let the good times roll!”)

WAHOO! Tomorrow I get to be back in one of my most favorite cities: New Orleans! Two years have been too long to be away from The Big Easy. I’m so excited to visit some favorite haunts (hee-hee–it’s one of the most haunted cities after all) and have some new experiences too!

I’m looking forward to walking Jackson Square, stopping at Cafe Du Monde and having a beignet. Visiting Bourbon Street just when the sun goes down–right before it gets too crazy–stepping into Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop to get a respite from the heat or relaxing to Steamboat Willie at Cafe Beignet. I’m eager to browse around The French Market, get some more Carnival Candles, and eat some good crepes! AND DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ABOUT MUFFALETTAS!

I also have my sights set on some new places: the Cajun/Zydeco festival in Armstrong Park, Faulkner House Books in Pirate Alley, and taking Haunted History Tour‘s Cemetery Tour. (I’ve been on their haunted tour a good few times–so much that I could probably recite the histories word for word, ha!) And, I also want to go to New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum–maybe learn more about a practice I’ve been curious about.

In 2017, I wrote a blog post called “A City of Many Colors.” In it, I described how I see NOLA, how I embrace its eccentricities wholeheartedly:

… that is what New Orleans is; she is herself, there is no other way to describe her. She embraces the creepy and weird, the adventurous, the musical, the artistic, the mystical, and makes no apologies about what experiences you may have. She is colorful, extreme, fantastical, and a city with her own thing going. I love every bit of her!

I am a different person than I was in 2017. I lost my dad, I’m working hard to accomplish a future I hope for my family, and I have come a long way in–almost–completing my novel. But I believe these things have made me more secure in who I am; I’ve become more confident in myself, no longer looking to celebrities, cultural norms, or random classifications to define me.

I’m a writer, after all.

I’m secure in me. And New Orleans has always been secure in her.

I’m glad to be back, girl. I’m glad to look upon that lovely city with fresh eyes, filled with strange, dark tales to tell and love–embracing of all different peoples–to be passed around.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler–Let the good times roll!


Want more about my New Orleans adventures?

Check out these posts:
Return to New Orleans
NOLA 2016
A City of Many Colors

And these vlogs:
New Orleans 2015 — Jackson Square

Sounds of New Orleans: Natchez’s Paddle!

And my Instagram: Katie L. Mortimer
(You’ll have to scroll a bit for those NOLA pictures!)

Welcome to 30!

Yes, oh yes! You’ve read that right: I’m 30! Long gone are my 20’s, now makes room for a whole new decade of adventure and discoveries!

There’s a lot of connotation about turning 30. In our society–especially in pop culture–it seems to be something to dread: our 20’s are at an end, the partying is done, now we have to grow up a be responsible.

My mom quoted an interview that Madonna was given when she turned 30. I’ve hunted high and low for the source of this quote, but, alas, I think it’s been lost. When the iconic diva was asked about turning 30, the interviewer was probably expecting a different approach. (The stereotypical “I can’t believe it! I’m old!”) However, Madonna’s comment on her age was to the point: “Frankly, I’m relieved.”

To me, that is exactly how I feel: 30 isn’t about being scared to turn old, it’s about the excitement of the decade to come. Sure, I have more aches and pains that I didn’t have when I was in my teens. But that’s solved easily.

No. On the eve of my birthday, I felt the distinct clap of a book being shut. To me, each decade is a new book in the series of my life. I look forward to seeing what I accomplish in my 30s, taking the lessons of my 20s with me. It was a hard decade full of many struggles and sleepless nights, whether due to studying abroad in England or spending all-nighters taking care of my ailing father. I don’t take any of those experiences for granted. I’m proud of who I’ve become. And I can’t wait to see what happens: being at the peak of my physical health, and, most immediate and important: becoming fully-fledged published author.

I just need to get this book done first!

Away I go to the cave. Radio silence initiated. See you guys on the other side.

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Fic Completed: I’ll Be – Optimus x Kate

A note to all you marvelous Transformers fans out there: my fic, I’ll Be, is complete! Just in time for 2019!

Check it out here: I’ll Be -Transformers Fanfic – Optimus Prime x Kate

Thank you to everyone who has been reading this fic–whether it’s via this website or Fanfiction.net. (And thank you to those of you who check out my website!)

I do have an announcement to make: I’m in the process of completing my original novel, so I’m not going to be continuing Optimus and Kate’s story for a while. Maybe I can get into the Revenge of the Fallen plot later in the year, but it’ll still be a while before I even attempt it. It’s a hard decision to come to. But one that is necessary at this time.

Thank you to everyone who has ever supported this story. I’ve really enjoyed playing in Optimus and Kate’s world.

And, as per usual:

Disclaimer: I own nothing from the Transformers universe (aside from Kate and her mom, Maxine) and am getting no monetary profit from it. It’s not cool to steal other people’s ideas, anyways. Thanks for letting me play there though! 

Bless you all.

Have a FANTASTIC 2019.

Sincerely,
PassionateWriter07